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Wichita, Kansas, USA
Software QA rebel in the trenches for sixteen years.
Interests: GNU/Linux, Open Source, Free software, Software Quality Assurance, Software Development, UNIX, Unix-like operating systems, Perl, Python, Ruby, Web Development, Computer Science
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So, today was a “challenge” day for me and my mental issues. I don’t know why I have what’s spinning in my head actually in my head spinning around. I don’t know why the dark clouds roll in and why these negative, unhappy thoughts roll in. After over a week... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at QualityAddict
So, last night I actually wrote some C++ code for SQL Jammer. I’m thinking about a connection string class that accepts portions of a connection string each as a data member and has a New member function that returns a properly formatted connection string that can be passed to a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at QualityAddict
My Mission Statement “My mission is to elevate all software users as the single most important instruments in the grand orchestration that is software development by providing all users Free or Open Source software that is more compelling than for-profit alternatives and that possesses uncompromising quality and usability that is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at QualityAddict
Tonight, now that I written about one of my little software projects, I thought I’d write again and discuss the reason for this weblog and a little more about me. I’ve been a software quality assurance (SQA) engineer for over sixteen years now. I’ve been testing other people’s software for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at QualityAddict
Honestly, I’ll finish this weekend the draft I started yesterday. For something like that I’d rather work on it when I’m relaxed and have time ahead of me long before I have to go back in to work. Tonight, however, I’d like to hammer out some requirements and design for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at QualityAddict
IMPORTANT: This article WILL change. This is a rough draft only and is not complete. This article is a multiple-day project. Wicked! Tonight was excellent. Finally have PostgreSQL 9.6.2 compiled into my $HOME directory. That was easy, and had no problems doing so. Finally figured out tonight how to get... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at QualityAddict
Well, I’m up and about now. I tell yeah, after no sleep, I do tend to have some wild dreams, and last night was no different. Anyways, so yesterday I created GitHub repositories for all the little projects I have in mind. As I mentioned in a previous weblog, I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at QualityAddict
Rather than throw some crap together just to fill an article tonight, I’m going to declare today a day of rest. I was up all night the previous night and am running on about two hours of sleep since the night before that. I’m tired, and I need the rest.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at QualityAddict
So, I’m thinking about starting a not-for-profit organization specifically to support Open Source software both its development and use in homes and businesses. First, do we need yet another not-for-profit organization that does such advocacy work? Second, what could I do advocacy-wise that has not or is not being done... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at QualityAddict
What are the merits of a web application over a desktop application today? I’ve heard that web applications just don’t have the rich user interfaces that desktop applications [can] have. I remember being astounded when I first used drag-and-drop to rearrange the movies in my Netflix queue. That was years... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at QualityAddict
You know those books on the bookstore’s shelves with cute little animals on the front covers? Well, turns out, there’s a story behind all those cute little animals adorning all of the publisher’s books’ covers. Of course, the publisher is O’Reilly Media, Incorporated ( You can read more about these... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at QualityAddict
Developers today have many choices when it comes to choosing a language in which to write a software application. Developers not only have to choose a language but also a platform, such as a desktop application, a web application, or a mobile application. Rarely, however, do I see audience and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at QualityAddict
Recently I’ve become interested in unit tests. Everything that I’ve seen so far indicates that unit tests are written in the same language as the source code being tested. It is also apparent that unit tests are nothing more than additional source code written as part of the solution being... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at QualityAddict
A bill of rights for computer users is not new. For example, in 1998 Dr. Claire-Marie Karat wrote a computer user’s ten-point manifesto, reproduced below: The Computer User’s Bill of Rights The user is always right. If there is a problem with the use of the system, the system is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at QualityAddict
Saw this on Twitter tonight: "The enjoyment of one's tools is an essential ingredient of successful work." --Donald E. Knuth Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at QualityAddict
Why do you or I use a computer? Do we use one to use Microsoft Word? Do we use a computer to use Microsoft Excel? Do we use a computer to use Microsoft SQL Server? [Yes, I do recognize that these are all examples of Microsoft software and that free... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at QualityAddict
I'm forty-two years old. I was bullied in school, and I have struggled with depression and bi-polar disorders since I was a child. These disorders plague my life still today. I am as imperfect as one can get, yet my life experience has shaped me into a perfectionist-to-the-core, anal-retentive son... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at QualityAddict
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